Advertisement

What causes night terrors?

It is not clear exactly what causes night terrors, but several factors seem to lead to them. Underlying medical conditions, such as stroke, migraine, seizures, hyperthyroidism, head injuries, and sleep apnea may trigger an instance of night terror. Taking certain medications or  drinking alcohol may also bring them on. If you are overly tired, stressed out, have a fever, or are sleeping in an unfamiliar place, you are also more likely to experience a night terror. There may be a link between psychological problems and night terrors, and night terrors may also have a genetic component.

Continue Learning about Night Terrors

Can night terrors be prevented?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
There is no sure way to prevent night terrors. Typically, they occur in childhood and are outgro...
More Answers
What are the symptoms of night terrors?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
During a night terror, you may open your eyes, yell, flail your arms, kick, sweat, and/or experience...
More Answers
How do other illnesses affect night terrors?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Adults with a history of mental illness may be more likely to have night terrors. People with other ...
More Answers
How should I talk to my child's school about their night terrors?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Generally, night terrors are not serious for children. However, if your child's sleep is suffering d...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.